From time to time, we see people approaching the Church of Satan
with questions regarding the Church's policy against illegal drug use, attempting to characterize the freewheeling use and abuse of such substances as being "Satanic" and, in effect, challenging the Church of Satan
This is all quite simple. The Church of Satan
does not condone illegal
activities. If the use of certain drugs is illegal in your country of residence, they are just that: illegal.
Individuals who choose to ignore this and break the law do so at their own peril. Their actions as individuals shall not be construed as sanctioned by the Church of Satan
. Furthermore, they must pay the dire yet fully predictable consequences they have brought down upon themselves. The Church of Satan
is not responsible for their actions, and will not be used as an excuse for their lawless behavior. Responsibility to the responsible.
If you are one of these lawbreakers, you are on your own. You make your own personal choice as to what you do as an individual. We make our own personal choices, as individuals, with regard to how we view you based on the choices you make.
If a substance is legal, a Satanist may or may not choose to indulge in it. Indulgence, not compulsion.
Since survival is the highest law, the Satanist will not ruin or poison his or her body, even if it is legal to do so. This is an important distinction. Self-destructive, suicidal hedonism, via whatever means, is ultimately un-Satanic as it threatens the very thing a Satanist holds most dear: his own life. There is no Scoreboard in the Sky dictating whether such an act is Wrong or Right; it simply IS, and dead brain cells, blackened lungs and non-functional livers are not a matter of opinion.
There are those who would try to convince you that our founder, Dr. Anton LaVey, had a more tolerant attitude toward illegal street drugs than that of the current Church of Satan
administration -- or that Dr. LaVey wasn't always against drug use and came to this position later in his life. Thanks to the large body of writings and interviews Dr. LaVey left for us, that is easily disproved. Message from 1966
The following are quotes from Anton Szandor LaVey:
"Let me state categorically at this point that drugs are antithetical to the practice of magic, as they tend to disassociate the user from reality, even though he oftentimes thinks himself closer."
From The Satanic Witch
, originally titled The Compleat Witch
, publication date: 1970.
"The official stand of the Church of Satan
on the subject of drugs is vehement opposition! Asking me to provide you with drugs is like asking a hippie to give an eulogistic speech on the merits of big business."Letters From the Devil
, January 10th, 1971
"You obviously have a good mind and possess the potential to attain, through proper training, your self-godhead. Donít throw it all away for cheap miracles; drugs are NOT the answer nor even the first step. They are, instead, a step backwards for any aspiring magician."Letters From the Devil,
"Drugs are great for slaves, but no good for the masters. The glories attained through a drug experience are no more valid than the meaningless baubles with which the status-seeking drone surrounds himself... Those who eulogize on unfoldment gained through drugs have obviously been insensitive to such awareness-provoking stimuli as complete sexual fulfillment, beautiful music, inspirational literature, etc. The excuse that certain drugs are a necessary adjunct to the practice of magic is quite lame."
"I consider drug abuse a polite alternative to suicide. Perhaps one day euthanasia will be be made attractive enough and the drug problem will be solved."
From an interview in Black Magic, Satanism and Voodoo
by Dr. Leo L. Martello, publication date: 1972.
"Taking drugs is another issue the public seems to wrongly associate with modern diabolical rites. In his description for the purpose of the Ninth Enochian Key, LaVey states that it warns of the use of substances, devices or pharmaceuticals which might lead to the delusion and subsequent enslavement of the master. Contrary to religious propaganda, drugs are not part of Satanic ceremonies or lifestyles because, LaVey claims, Satanists want to heighten their senses, not dull them. We resist mindlessness of any kind. Again, drugs, like television, are fine for other people. The more enslaved they are, the easier it is for us, as long as they stay out of our way. Whether it's through religiously-imposed ignorance, spectator sports, crack, pot, coke, heroin - or the consumer insecurities imposed by the almighty Tube - it's fine with us as long as it keeps sheep more docile and easily contained. That doesn't mean we have to subject ourselves to it. Military generals don't step out on the missile range and volunteer as targets for the latest prototype weapons."
From The Church of Satan
by Blanche Barton, publication date: 1990.
This post was a joint effort of the Hierarchy of the Church of Satan